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N.C. State students protest fee increase

Posted October 14, 2009

— North Carolina State University students are protesting a student fee increase they say they voted against.

The $83 increase would cover renovation costs to the Talley Student Center and Atrium Food Court.

In an Oct. 5 student government election, more than 60 percent of students voted against the fee increase. The following day the N.C. State Student Senate passed a resolution to approve the fee.

The student center was opened in 1971 when the university had an enrollment of about 14,000 students.

The renovations are in direct response to the school’s increased enrollment, according to Rally 4 Talley, an online campaign in support of the project.

The renovations would add more food options, relocate the north campus bookstore to the atrium and offer more space for student programs.

Nearly 100 protesters are expected to speak at Wednesday’s Student Senate Meeting at the Witherspoon Student Center.

A final decision on the fee will be made by the UNC System's Board of Governors at their February 2010 meeting, according to T. Greg Doucette, president of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments.

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  • NH Mom Oct 16, 8:29 a.m.

    The students at NCSU just got a painful lessons in the politics of money. Just as the voters voted against a bond to build the convention center (not because they were against the bond, but because they were against another expensive, underutilized convention center) and the city raised taxes and built it anyway, the university has decided what it is going to do and will raise the money from the student on way or the other. We may live in a democracy, but the majority does not always get to rule.

  • NCSUgirl09 Oct 15, 4:38 p.m.

    NCSU is all about money. They spend all this money on things that are not useful and when they really need it.. OOPS!! It's GONE! The population of the school is increasing to the point that certain colleges are having to house classes in different buildings. NCSU is growing faster than it can plan for and now the have their backs against the wall and need money for expansion. Go figure. There is nothing more fun than taking a purchasing class in a chemistry class room because COM has no room in Nelson.

  • Professor Oct 15, 3:10 p.m.

    By next fall, they will up the fees again.

  • Sir Freezy McQuackers Oct 15, 2:58 p.m.

    "The $83 increase would cover renovation costs to the Talley Student Center and Atrium Food Court."

    No, the $83 is just for the Atrium. Talley would cost another $750 per student over the following three years.

  • Professor Oct 15, 2:37 p.m.

    It doesn't make sense raising the fees for students who won't even be there to see the renovations. Why not just start the increase for incoming freshmen next fall?
    The Shockmaster

    My comment exactly. Good for you for bringing it out. :)

  • madamwuf Oct 15, 2:30 p.m.

    Actually, all students paying fees for this student center will see the results. The fee is phased up as the new student center is phased in. Students are literally going to be getting what they pay for. The first year's fee, $83 pays for the Atrium renovation, which will be complete next fall when the fee kicks in. The next three years, the fee gradually increases as more phases of the renovation of Talley are complete and open to students. Talley will never be shut down during the process, so any student paying a fee WILL see what they are paying for. Once the student center is complete, the full fee will be in effect until the debt is paid back.

  • Professor Oct 15, 2:29 p.m.

    The $83 increase would cover renovation costs to the Talley Student Center and Atrium Food Court.

    Really! All the students hang out in the dorm rooms and eat there too.

  • Space Mountain Oct 15, 1:40 p.m.

    Of course, $83 a year is only about $7 a month. I guess they don't care what the Student Union looks like.

  • Space Mountain Oct 15, 1:37 p.m.

    It doesn't make sense raising the fees for students who won't even be there to see the renovations. Why not just start the increase for incoming freshmen next fall?

  • NeverSurrender Oct 15, 1:22 p.m.

    "It is hard to justify charging students who won't benefit from the rennovations to pay for them. But it is also hard to raise fees on students who have yet to step foot on campus. And nothing is free."

    Too bad my university didn't use that reasoning when they soaked us for massive fees for a student union building most of us would never likely see, much less benefit from.

    But then we realised that the imposition of fees != a contract that we actually benefit personally from what they're designed to fund.

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